Wow, I received an
overwhelming amount of responses regarding my comments on the Terri
Schiavo "execution" (as I call it.)
It’s unfortunate most folks did not agree with me, they
were actually very angry! It’s quite evident that everyone felt
Mrs. Schiavo’s feeding tube should have been removed, and I don’t
understand why. I got the
impression that most folks forgot that Mrs. Schiavo was not on
"life support". When I say life support, I mean she was
breathing on her own and didn't need a machine to help her, actually she
didn’t need a machine to keep her heart pumping or a machine pumping
air into her system to live. So how can everyone think it was
right to stop feeding her! Food
is the source of life…she needed food? For example: like you,
me, or any living thing, we all need food and water to live, if you
stopped eating, or is denied food, we all will certainly die, just as
she has died from starvation. The
majority of the responses I received indicated that Mrs. Schiavo should
have been denied food and water, which truly saddens me, and is quite
shocking. Most indicated
they felt this way, because she was dead 15 years ago, but from what I
viewed on TV and heard on all the news reports, she really wasn’t, she
has been breathing on her own, and was responsive.
After Todd reviewed all the responses, his statement to me was
“hum…it’s the beginning of the end”.
I questioned his statement, and he explained that it is clear
from all the responses, society can kill or agree to kill someone if
they feel that individual does not live up to/meet their standards or
the standards they deem not right or acceptable.
After examining his statement, I realized it was true, and I tend to
agree. Most assumed Mrs.
Schiavo should not live any more, and many of us did nothing to make
sure that all was done to help her (as far as up-to-date testing), etc.,
even our Government, their courts and agencies did nothing to help.
Most of us just sat back and convinced ourselves that she was
already dead, yet she was breathing on her own, and her heart was
pumping on its own. I still
believe no breathing human being should be denied food and water.
Well, enough said on this subject, this could go on and on.
Mrs. Schiavo is gone now, and I'm sure she is at peace!
weekend a few exciting events are taking place locally. (1)
The Trinidad and Tobago Working Women’s Committee (Washington
DC) presents “Hattitude” – their 2nd Annual “Mad
Hatters” Hat Show and Tea Party.
This will take place this Sunday, April 10, 2005, at The Club At
Andrews AFB, beginning at 3:30pm and ending at 7:00 pm.
Unfortunately, last year I was unable to attend this event, but I
understand it was wonderful. I
however, asked Mrs. Deanne Samuels (a member of the T&T Working
Women’s committee) to share with you the history of the “Mad Hatters
Show and Tea Party”, so please read about this event below, and if you
plan on attending, I will definitely see you there!
HATTERS HAT SHOW & TEA
by John Blake (WHUR 96.5FM Caribbean Experience Radio Program)
Deane (Host of CaribNation Programs)
Working Women’s Committee is dedicated to enriching the lives of
our youths through the Caribbean Students Scholarship Fund, Inc. Our goal is to foster positive relationships between our
youths and the elderly.
Women’s Committee Members:
Achille; Jennifer Blackman;
Lucille Herring; Patricia
Phillip; Brenda Samuel;
Deanne Samuels; Patricia
St. Hill & Karen Barrington
of Hats…You can trace the origins of the wearing of hats as far
back as primitive man. Historical
evidence has shown that some form of head covering was used for
protection against the elements.
Throughout early Egyptian, Roman and Greek times, the hat
was worn as a mark of rank. It
is believed that felt, the most common material used in hat
making, was originally discovered by the nomadic tribes of Asia
who were known to have used felt sheep’s wool for making tents
Hatters Tea party is taken from the story Alice in Wonderland’s:
A Mad Tea Party: “Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder
what you’re at! Up
above the world you fly, like a tea-tray in the sky.
Selection by Ms. Jennifer Blackman, “Wonzenuf”
by Mrs. Patricia St. Hill
Brenda Samuel, Co-chairs
of hats by Nina’s of New York and
of hats by Nnena & Uloma Ogbonna, courtesy of
Gihgi’s Afrikan Fashions & Textile Gallery
Amb. Marina Valere; Effi Barry;
Mrs. Michelle Sears; Khandra Sears;
Zilla Bristol; Sheryl
DeFlorimonte; Maria Blanchard
HATS AVAILABLE FOR SALE
For the past several weeks we have been informing you about Pan Masters
Steel Orchestra’s 20th Anniversary Celebration.
Well, it’s here…this big event will take place this weekend
(Sunday, April 10th)! I’ve been hearing lots of talk from folks in the community
about attending this event, so get your tickets today, it might be a
sell-out! For those of you
who are not familiar with Pan Masters, they are a Steel Pan Organization
here in DC. Their Steel Orchestra started 20 years ago, and now they
are passing the "baton" to the youths, by educating them
and training them on The Steel Pan.
is a body of a press release I received from one of Pan Masters founding
members, and their Public Relations Officer as well (Mr. Roland Barnes).
This Press Release details the history of Pan Masters, and talks
about their special guest Robert Greenidge.
Please go out on Sunday and celebrate with Pan Masters their 20
years in business. It will take place at The Publick
Playhouse for The Performing Arts, 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly,
Maryland. Performance: 6:30 pm. See you there!!!!
Sunday April 10, 2005,
Caribbean Festivals, Inc., a non-profit, tax exempt organization
will stage a performance at the Publick Playhouse for The
Performing Arts featuring Pan Masters Steel Orchestra, Washington
DC preeminent steel band in
concert with Robert Greenidge, world renowned pannist from
Trinidad and Tobago.
OF PAN MASTERS STEEL
formation of many a Steelband has historically evolved from
another existing band. Such
case of Pan Masters. Some
of the founding members of Pan Masters had previously performed
with the Trinidad and Tobago Steelband of Washington, D.C.
In May 1985, these
individuals decided to chart their musical aspirations in another
direction and this resulted in the birth of Pan
Masters Steel Orchestra.
The original members include Frankie Balthazar, St Clair
Balthazar, Roland Barnes, Robert Barnes, Patrick Belle, Don
Cumberbatch, Malcolm John, Lennard Jack, Stephen Landrigan, Joseph
Lewis and Brian Solomon. In May 2005, Pan Masters Steel Orchestra will celebrate 20
years of providing Steelband music in the Washington
Metropolitan Area. The band has traveled north as far as Brooklyn,
New York and south to North Carolina. The band is based in North
accomplishments include performances at area hospitals, nursing
homes, schools and the home for the elderly; being adjudged the
1993 through 1998
Steelband Champion in the Baltimore Panorama Competition; recipient
of the judges award for outstanding performance at the 1993
through 2004, D.C. Caribbean Carnival celebrations on Georgia
Avenue; 1998 champion in the New York
J’Ouvert competition: several command performances at the
Bluemont Concert Series and the inaugurations of former President
Bill Clinton and former Mayor Marion Barry.
the years Pan Masters has had the opportunity to expose Caribbean
culture to residents in several areas in Virginia.
Whether it was to showcase the stilt dancers such as Billah
and Shacomba, or the Caribbean Folk Dancers, Pan Masters was
instrumental in bringing the Caribbean to such places as
Winchester, Warrenton, Leesburg, Culpeper, Luray, Lansdowne and
Reston. Other opportunities afforded Pan Masters included
several performances at Caribbean Summer in the Park, Prince
George’s County Bicentennial Celebrations, Kettering Founder’s
Day Parade, Hispanic Festival, Potomac Riverfest, District of
Columbia Parks and Recreation, City of Fairfax Parks and
Recreation, Maryland National Park and Planning Commission,
Montgomery County Ethnic Festival, Smithsonian Institute, the
Cherry Blossom Parade and Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA.
notable accomplishment is providing opportunities for future
pannist to develop an appreciation for the art form.
To this end, Pan Masters has successfully conducted classes
and workshops. The
success of this program can best be noted by the fact that some of
the graduates have joined the Pan Masters.
Pan Masters has attributed its success to a strong belief
in the family, a strong and determined group of musical arrangers,
and an experienced administrative and promotional organization,
which places equal merit on quality performers and good clientele
Masters has expanded its community programming to include an
annual “Pan Jamborie” which brings together Steelbands in the
area in an open atmosphere similar to the open air pan
performances held in the Caribbean. Local groups include Pan
Masters Steel Orchestra, Positive Vibration, East of the River
Steelband and Tropical Ensemble. Out of town Groups include Casym
and Despers USA from New York. Additionally, they have increased
their involvement in the DC Caribbean Carnival wherein they
organized and managed the Annual Calypso Monarch Competition.
OF ROBERT GREENIDGE
Robert Greenidge Arranger, Composer, Steel Drum & Recording
Artist Robert Greenidge was born in Success Village, Laventille,
Trinidad, West Indies on 28 April 1950. His first playing experience
came under the direction of an uncle, Carl Greenidge who was a
renowned arranger and tuner. At the tender age of eight, he began
executing the art of the steel drums with the Savoys Steel
Orchestra. Possessing an artistic ear for playing various types of
compositions, he was recruited at the age of 15 by Trinidad’s
leading steel orchestra "Desperadoes" winning several
prestigious awards including: the Prime Minister Trophy, The Triple
Crown, The Governors General Cup, and the Music Festival Trophy.
sixteen Robert Greenidge performed at the First Negro Arts Festival
in Africa, and during the following year 1967, he performed at the
Montreal Exposition in Canada, followed by an extensive tour to
London, Zambia and New York in 1968. In 1970 he was chosen to
represent Trinidad and Tobago, both as a soloist and a member of
Trinidad National Steel Orchestra.
1971 Robert Greenidge migrated to New York City, to study composing
and arranging at the Third Street Musical Conservatory. He toured
with the Music Makers Steel Orchestra for the next two years through
California and Nevada. Greenidge settled in Los Angeles, California
in 1974. He recorded with various artist such as, Maurice White,
Earth Wind and Fire, and John Lennon and Ringo Star of the Beatles
just to name a few.
1978 Robert Greenidge returned to Trinidad to work with Rudolph
Charles (Desperadoes), one of the innovators of a newly designed
steel drum which required hand, foot coordination dexterity and
speed. His expertise bought the Desperadoes Steel Orchestra to a new
height in music. Ever since the Trinidad Carnival of 1979, Greenidge
returns to Trinidad every year to play.
Greenidge's awesome pan solos can be heard on numerous movie
soundtracks including Brothers, Hard to Kill, 48 Hours and Cool
Runnings. He has also performed on television with the Jackson Five,
on the Love Boat and the Tonight Show with both Johnny Carson and
1992 Robert Greenidge performed for the president of the United
States – President Clinton's Inauguration and again for President
Clinton's surprise birthday party at the White House in August 1995.
He continues to tour with Jimmy Buffet and his own group “the Club
Trini Band”. He has the honor of performing perhaps the most well
known pan solo of all time on Grover Washington Jr’s “Just the
Two of Us.”
Festivals, Inc. appreciates the opportunity to showcase the art form
that is the steelband in Prince George’s County, while reaffirming
our cultural heritage that is Pan and its origin in the twin island
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. We are requesting that you utilize
your resources at the Washington Post to assist us in commemorating
this occasion with an article in your newspaper.
you need any additional information, I can be reached at
301-249-1028 (h) or 202-255-1987 (c). Tickets are $20.00 each and
are available at Pan Masters Steel Orchestra, 301-864-2610.
A. Barnes, Public Relations Officer - Caribbean
or click the following link: www.ariousentertainment.com/PMSO20thAnniversarySA41005.htm
To Celebrate Trinidad &
Tobago's Second Carnival, Borough Day 2005!!
Limited seats are available through
Available dates are:
- April 26th - May 10th
- April 28th - May 12th
- May 3rd - May 10th
- May 5th - May 12th
range from only $300 to $375 plus taxes and fees
more info or to get in on this great offer, call ICE
301-257-0102 or email email@example.com
week! Have a great weekend!